6 Words Worth More Than $66 million.

It’s a sad day for natural news in Washington State as 522 looks to have failed, and credit has gone to  the $22 million spent on the Big Food funded, misleading ads that ran prior to the election.  In California last year, Big Food spent a whopping $44 million to fight this labeling.  Who would have thought that a few words stating, “This product contains genetically modified ingredients” would be worth over $66 million dollars to the Big Food Industry.  These companies argue that GMO food is safe; and if it is, then what’s the big problem with letting consumers know they’re eating it? Why fight it?

The simple truth is that Big Food is  scared to print these words on packaging because it will make people think.  And consumers will start to wonder why they would want to eat something that has been genetically modified and buy (gasp!) organic food.   Unfortunately, as a result of this bill failing to pass, the majority of Americans will continue to obliviously ingest genetically engineered food and feed it to their families without giving it a second thought.

If you want to avoid being a testing ground for Big Food companies, look for the Non GMO Project label pictured in this post and buy certified organic food.  As I’ve mentioned before, 90% of the US corn, wheat, and soy are genetically modified. This includes cooking oils.  Factory farmed animals are also fed GMO product, so it resides in the majority of meat and dairy products.

Here’s an article that I liked on the Washington GMO battle:

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2013/11/05/initiative-522-money-speaks-but-doesnt-get-last-word/

You can also stop supporting the companies who want to keep customers in the dark by withholding information.  Here’s a list of them, and the power is in our hands.

Abbott Nutrition
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Bruce Foods Corp.
Bumble Bee Foods, LLC
Bunge North America, Inc.
Bush Brothers & Co.
Campbell Soup Co.
Cargill Inc.
Clement Pappas & Co. Inc.
The Clorox Co. (owner of Burt’s Bees brand)
The Coca-Cola Co. (owner of Odwalla)
ConAgra Foods
Dean Foods Co. (owner of Horizon milk)
Del Monte Foods Co.
Flowers Foods, Inc.
General Mills, Inc. (owner of Larabar)
The Hershey Co.
The Hillshire Brands Co.
Hormel Foods Corp.
The J.M. Smucker Co.
Kellogg Co. (owner of Pop-Tarts)
Knouse Foods Cooperative, Inc.
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
McCormick & Co., Inc
Mondelez Global, LLC.
Moody Dunbar, Inc.
Nestle USA, Inc.
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
PepsiCo, Inc. (owner of Naked Juice)
Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC.
Rich Products Corp.
Shearer’s Foods, Inc.
Sunny Delight Beverages Co.
Welch Foods, Inc.

What do you think about 522 failing to pass?

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